Monthly Highlights from ECDPM’s Talking Points Blog, Great Insights, Volume 3, Issue 7 (July/August 2014)

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    5 Take-aways from the OECD Global Forum on Development. Talking Points, Sebastian Große-Puppendahl, 18 June 2014

    The Global Forum on Development hosted last week by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development discussed how sustained and inclusive growth could be achieved in development, despite structural development challenges and lagging productivity.

    Making Sense of the Funding and Implementation of Sahel Strategies (part 2). Talking Points, Damien Helly and Greta Galeazzi, 17 July 2014

    Our series of blogs on international strategies in the Sahel aims to better equip practitioners working in the region. We started by comparing Sahel strategies (AU, EU, World Bank, AfDB, ECOWAS, UN), looking into the geopolitical stakes behind coordination and identifying ways of working regionally. Our previous blog on the financing of international efforts in the Sahel argued it is still difficult, on the basis of open sources, to give a clear-cut and comprehensive picture of the amount of funds available for the Sahel region. Here we bring further examples and insights and raise some questions on the implementation of the various Sahel strategies.

    Three Take-away Messages from the African Union Summit in Malabo on Agriculture and Food Security. Talking Points, Jeske van Seters, 16 July 2014


    Simply because we are currently in the African Union Year of Agriculture and Food Security, or did something substantial come out of it? Here are three key takeaways, from the summit of Heads of State and Government that took place at the end of June 2014 in Malabo, that deserve attention.

    Financing Infrastructure Development: Quality over Quantity, Talking Points, Sebastian Große-Puppendahl, 27 June 2014

    Finance is not the main constraint, despite the current focus on financing infrastructure development in recent summits and discussions around the new sustainable development goals (SDGs), I discuss in this blog.


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